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Successful Job Interview

Nail a Successful Job Interview

Job competition is tough—especially for recent graduates whose experience might not be as tip-top as the seasoned employee. According to Glassdoor, each corporate job offer receives around 250 applications. Of those, only four to six candidates are offered an interview, and (perhaps obviously) only one will have a successful job interview. So, be proud; you’ve got your foot in the door—now it’s time to impress your future employer.

Dress to impress

First impressions count in a successful job interview. According to Business Insider, people make judgements and assumptions about you within just seven seconds of meeting you. With such a tiny window of time to work with, make your first impression count with appropriate dress. The company should have a dress policy that you can find out prior to meeting, but if you are unsure, opt for minimalist, formal wear.

List your strengths 

For introverts, it may feel out of your comfort zone to gloat about your strengths to strangers. However, this is an opportunity to positively apply your skills to the job you are applying for. Your key strengths should inhibit both soft and hard skills. Soft skills refer to skills that can transfer easily from one job to another. A soft skill may be how you manage yourself in stressful situations, or how you mediate conflict in the work place and get along with colleagues. Hard skills refer to specific technical abilities that you possess and are key to the role at hand—such as writing and software knowledge.

Positive body language

Your body language plays a pivotal role in all forms of communication and can affect how others perceive you. “You could be saying how great you are, but your body could be giving your true feelings away,” says Alison Craig, author of Hello Job! How to Psych Up, Suit Up & Show Up.  Awareness of your body language can help towards having a successful job interview. Avoid closed postures like slouching and fidgeting, as this suggests that you are guarded and may not be taking the interview seriously. Appear confident, assertive and poised by sitting tall and keep your hands relaxed and open, sitting above the desk. When your hiring agent is speaking, lean in a little while listening and slightly mirror their movements to show engagement and curiosity.

Ask questions

Did you know that not preparing questions for your potential employer may make you seem uninterested in the role? 97 percent of recruiters surveyed by job board reed.co.uk said that candidates should bring a list of questions along with them to an interview. Come equipped with specific-to-the-role questions to ask your hiring manager. This will help you gather important information for yourself whilst confirming your interest in your new job. Questions to ask for a successful job interview include:

  1. Could you describe a typical work week in this company?
  2. Who does my position report to?
  3. Are there any prospects for growth and career advancements in this role?
  4. Which accomplishments would you expect from me within the first three months of employment?
  5. When should I expect to hear from you and how soon would I be expected to start?

Follow up

Seal the deal with a follow-up email to your employer. Politely thank them for their time, explain that you enjoyed meeting and that you look forward to hearing from them soon. Take this opportunity to affirm with the hiring manager in a couple of sentences the value you will bring to the company. Relatively few candidates follow up in this way after an interview which could damage chances of a successful job interview. This helps to ensure that it’s YOU on the mind of the employer, and not your competitor.

Further reading: Applying for Your Dream Job

Net Neutrality

Why Does Net Neutrality Matter?

The US Federal Communications Federation (FCC) has proposed a vote to repeal the net neutrality guidelines on December 14 of this year. The FFC is a government agency overseen by Congress that regulates communications throughout the US by television, radio, satellite and wire. The agency, headed by Ajit Pai who issued the proposal, has just five commissioners who will be voting—three of which are set to approve the repeal.

What is net neutrality?

The landmark guidelines by the Obama administration back in 2015 were put in place to ensure that internet users can read, watch and play whatever they choose online without hindrances or restrictions by internet service providers (ISPs).

ISPs including mobile giants AT&T and Verizon are hugely opposed to the restrictions set out by the net neutrality law. They have argued that the regulations stifle innovation in the current competitive consumer environment.  

Why this could be bad news for you

ISPs could slow traffic and connection to websites of their choice—such as Netflix—that compete with their own personal-brand services. Further, unregulated ISPs may charge extra to consumers who wish to visit certain websites. This means that they could technically control what consumers can or cannot access on the internet.

Weak laws on net neutrality can already be observed in Europe. Portuguese mobile carrier MEO offers a variety of data packages to its customers—all of which divides internet usage. For €4.99, users can get 10GB exclusive data for Netflix, Periscope, Twitch and YouTube. Another package allows usage rights to messaging apps like WhatsApp and FaceTime for a fee, too.

The current regulations give all, including start-ups and billion-dollar companies alike, equal access to the internet. Consumerreports.org has said that a successful repeal by the FCC may mean that “your service provider could block or slow down some websites and give special treatment to others. That would limit your choices, hurt competition, and cost you more money.” So if you are a start-up or a blogger just beginning your career, this could affect not just your visibility, but your business and your message.

The news was received well by ISPs including AT&T, who, back in 2007-2009, blocked the use of Skype to their users to limit competition with their own services.

Gutting the current rules may also mean that ISPs would not be required to disclose cases of extra fees and data limits; ultimately catching the consumer out with nasty surprises. 

Who’s saying what

Major companies including Netflix, Facebook and Microsoft have opposed the proposal. Taking to Twitter, Netflix, which may face fees from ISPs if the proposal is passed, said “Netflix supports strong #NetNeutrality. We oppose the FCC’s proposal to roll back these core protections.”

Mignon Clyburn, one of the FCC commissioners who disagrees with the plan to gut net neutrality, said, “It eliminates all prohibitions against blocking and throttling applications by broadband providers, and enables them to engage in paid prioritization and unreasonable discrimination at the point of interconnection.” She continued, “It ignores thousands of consumer complaints and millions of individual comments that ask the FCC to save net neutrality and uphold the principles that all traffic should be created equal.”

In favor of the proposal, Joan Marsh, a vice president at AT&T claimed that the “action will return broadband in the US to a regulatory regime that emphasizes private investment and innovation over lumbering government intervention.”

The American public have gathered in droves on the internet imploring others to act before it’s too late. If you want to join in the fight to protect net neutrality, organisations such as battleforthenet.com suggest writing to Congress or protesting.

Further reading: Do Millennials Trust Trump with Gun Control?

Charles Manson Cult Leader

Cult Leader Charles Manson Dies Aged 83

Infamous cult leader Charles Manson has died aged 83. The California Department of Corrections confirmed that Manson died of natural causes at the Bakersfield Hospital in California this Sunday.

Manson rose to irrevocable infamy in the 1960s when his followers—the so-called “Manson Family”—committed violent, bloody murders that would both devastate and fascinate the world for decades to come. The shocking crimes took place on two consecutive nights late in the summer of 1969.

The Family first went to film director Roman Polanski’s mansion, murdering 26-year-old actress and wife to Polanski, Sharon Tate who was eight months pregnant at the time. Other victims were celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring, 35; Voytek Frykowski, 32, 25-year-old coffee heiress, Abigail Folger and Steven Parent, 18. Polanski was not present at the house. The next evening, Manson’s followers continued their rampage in the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, killing them both before scrawling “Death to Pigs” in blood on their front door. Prosecutors of the trial had said that Manson was trying to incite a race war.

Initially sentenced to death, Manson’s conviction was changed to life imprisonment following the abolishment of the death penalty in 1972 by the California Supreme Court. Manson was sentenced to nine life terms with the possibility of parole, but was refused parole on 12 occasions. While the cult leader had ordered the deaths of the victims, he was not found responsible for murdering anyone personally.

The cult leader and the Family’s murderous rampage have been the subject of books, films and plays for decades since. The trial was re-told in the TV film Helter Skelter (1976) based on a book of the same name written by prosecutors Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. The film was adapted again for television in 2004. Charles Manson and the Summer Murders were also re-told in a recent episode of American Horror Story: Cult.

Trump Lifts Import Ban on Elephant Trophies

Trump Lifts Import Ban on Elephant Trophies

Donald Trump is to lift the import ban on African elephant trophies into the US, overturning regulations previously made by the Obama-administration.

The new administration has reversed regulations made in 2014 which forbid big game hunters to bring elephant body parts—or “trophies”—back to the US from Zimbabwe or Zambia. The Obama-administration found that hunting did not “enhance the survival of the African elephant in the wild.”

A new statement released by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) November 16 stated: “The US Fish & Wildlife Service will begin issuing permits to allow the import of sport-hunted trophies from elephants hunted in Zimbabwe.” The statement advocated the sport saying, “Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation.”

The elephant has been listed as a “threatened species” since 1978 under the Endangered Species Act.  Much of Africa’s megafauna is rapidly declining as a result of poaching.

This decision to lift the ban on elephant trophies has been championed by the National Rifle Association (NRA). Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said that the decision supported “sound scientific wildlife management and regulated hunting.” Conservation groups fear that lobbying by these kinds of organisations will have a detrimental effect on big game species in the wild.

The chief executive of the Humane Society, Wayne Pacelle, condemned the “reprehensible” plans to lift the import ban on elephant trophies. “Let’s be clear: elephants are on the list of threatened species; the global community had rallied to stem the ivory trade; and now, the US government is giving American trophy hunters the green light to kill them.”

President Trump’s sons faced backlash in 2012 when they published photos on social media with game they had just hunted. Donald Trump Jr posted an image of himself next to a deceased elephant, holding up its severed tail.

Trump told TMZ in 2012, “My sons love hunting. They’re hunters and they’ve become good at it… I am not a believer in hunting and I’m surprised they like it.”

Quentin Tarantino on Harvey Weinstein: “I Wish I Had Taken Responsibility”

Esteemed director Quentin Tarantino revealed that he had known about numerous cases of sexual assault carried out by Harvey Weinstein for decades.

In an interview with The New York Times, the director, well-known for his cult classics including Pulp Fiction (1994) and Hateful Eight (2015), said that he wished that he had taken responsibility in assisting the alleged sexual assault victims. “I knew enough to do more than I did.” He continued, “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t second hand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”

“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

Quentin Tarantino revealed that he had been privy to numerous accounts of harassment and assault, confirming some of the allegations made by high profile actresses including Rose McGowan. The director told The New York Times that he knew a $100,000 settlement had been reached between Harvey Weinstein and McGowan after she accused him of rape during the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.

Over the course of decades, Quentin Tarantino heard rumors about Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour that he admitted he dismissed. “I chalked it up to a 50s-60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk,” he said. “As if that’s OK. That’s the egg on my face right now.”

Numerous allegations of sexual assault have been made against Harvey Weinstein, after an exposé was published in The New York Times earlier this month bringing rise to the social media campaign #MeToo. The campaign revealed the ubiquitious nature of sexual assault around the world. The movie mogul has denied all claims of non-consensual sex with the women who have since come forward.

Weinstein has been absolved of his position at his own company The Weinstein Co., and has also been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a result.

“I’m calling on all the other guys who knew more to not be scared. Don’t just give out statements,” Quentin Tarantino said on Harvey Weinstein. “Acknowledge that there was something rotten in Denmark. Vow to do better by our sisters.”

Further reading: #MeToo Campaign Raises Awareness about Sexual Assault

Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington Dies Age 41

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was found hanged at his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles July 20, aged 41.

The Linkin Park frontman was believed to be suffering from depression and had long struggled with drug abuse. In a candid interview with The Guardian in 2011, the vocalist spoke of his personal experience with childhood abuse. He said, “When I was young, getting beaten up and pretty much raped was no fun. No one wants that to happen to you and honestly, I don’t remember when it started…My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while.”

Linkin Park formed in 1996 and would become one of the most successful rock bands of the early 2000s. The band sold 30 million copies of their debut album Hybrid Theory (2000) worldwide; an album that would bring alternative music into the mainstream and would help inspire a new metal subgenre: Nu-metal.

Linkin Park expanded their fan base with their track Numb/Encore; a mash up of Linkin Park’s Numb and rapper Jay-Z’s Encore. The song featured on album Collision Course (2004) and won a Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration.

Further readiing: Soundgarden Vocalist Chris Cornell Dies Age 52

 

Band mate Mike Shinoda tweeted: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.” – @mikeshinoda

Chester Bennington’s death has sent shock waves through the music and entertainment community and many have since flooded twitter with condolences and messages of love:

“RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park.” – @chancetherapper

“I am in tears. Chester just told me how happy he was…..He was such a sweet and talented man…..I feel so sad for his family, band mates and fans” – @NikkiSixx

Chester Bennington was a close friend of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell who took his own life earlier this year, May 19. He penned a heartfelt open letter to his friend in response to his suicide. “I’m still weeping…You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivalled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped into one.” He continued, “I can’t image a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life.” These words are more poignant now in the wake of Chester Bennington’s death than ever.

Linkin Park had released their latest studio album One More Light in May and were due to begin their upcoming tour in Boston this Thursday.

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington is survived by his wife and six children.

Watch Linkin Park’s latest video, Talking to Myself:

Soundgarden Vocalist Chris Cornell Dies Age 52

Chris Cornell, vocalist of American hard rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave has died aged 52.

Brian Bumbery, Chris Cornell’s representative, confirmed that the artist had died on Wednesday 17 in Detroit, hours after playing a concert with Soundgarden. He called the death “sudden and unexpected.”

Soundgarden, along with cult giants Nirvana and Pearl Jam, were a part of the emerging grunge scene of the late 80s and early 90s, famed for bringing their heavy, angsty sound into the mainstream with hits like Black Hole Sun (1990) and Pretty Noose (1996). Soundgarden had cracked the charts in the United States selling over 10 million albums; the band won two Grammy awards and were nominated for nine. Soundgarden had split up up in 1997 but later reunited in 2010 releasing new works. Their most recent album was King Animal released back in 2012, but members of the band had been working on new tracks over the past 12 months.

Chris Cornell had public struggles with addiction to drugs and alcohol throughout his career and had a stint in rehab in 2003 where upon he remained sober ever since. He told Spin magazine, “I actually like rehab a lot. It’s like school; it’s interesting.” In a later interview with Details magazine, he said, “When I transitioned into adulthood—high-stakes emotional responsibilities—I did everything I could get my hands on. It happened without me really noticing it. The thing is, when you pick up the pipe for the first time, you don’t know that that’s your fate.”

Celebrities have flooded twitter with tributes to Chris Cornell:

Elton John:
“Shocked and saddened by the sudden death of @chriscornell. A great singer, songwriter and the loveliest man.”

Dave Navarro:
“SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP”

The vocalist’s wife and family are said to be stunned at the unexpected news and have asked for privacy during this time. Chris Cornell’s representatives have said that his family will work closely with medical examiners to determine the cause of death.

Rising Hip-Hop Artist Releases New Single

Rising hip-hop artist Chef Dellaqwha, born Mortese Cobbs, released new single, “Another Dimension” on March 9 2017; the latest in a string of street successes in the rapper’s musical career.

The Chicago-native attributes family life and time in prison to the influence behind his work. These major upheavals had changed his perspective and pushed him to break the mould, and the result is inspiring. “I was tired of running into dead ends,” he said, “so I made a commitment to myself that I was going to do everything in my power to change my lifestyle.”

Chef Dellaqwha—who is set to hit the stage at Lollapalooza this summer—first made waves in the scene in 2015 with his debut album “City of the Skullz” which received positive reactions. Not constrained to a single theme, the rising hip-hop artist uses rhyme to explore love and hate and the ups and downs of life.

“I was waiting for the music business to discover me instead of investing in myself”—Chef Dellaqwha

 

Watch Chef Dellaqwha’s “Another Dimension”, here:

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Applying for Your Dream Job

College News explores how to apply for your dream job—without the skill set.

The daunting task of applying for your dream job fresh out of college is met with the even more daunting list of “skills required” at the point of application. For most students, this overwhelming list of “things-we-can’t-do” is enough to scare us away. But major hiring managers attest to giving it your best shot and applying for your dream job anyway.

What skills do you actually need for your dream job?

While the list of skills on a job spec may seem profuse, it’s essentially an employer’s wish list of candidate attributes. The general rule is that if you have at least 50 percent of the skills required, then you should go confidently forward in your job application. Since you probably have some of the skills you’ll see listed, the goal suddenly becomes reachable.

A careerbuilder.com survey found that 16 percent of employers valued soft skills over hard skills— soft skills that students tend to acquire throughout their time at university. The survey’s top 10 soft skills included a strong work ethic, self-motivation, management of multiple priorities and effective communication.

Jeff Vijungco, Adobe VP of global talent selection and development, said “We want individuals with a unique skill set that complements the team, a sense of urgency to deliver beyond what’s possible and ‘we’ rather than ‘me’ team players,” in a 2014 post on LinkedIn by Brendan Browne.

Reach out to those working in your desired industry and pick their brains over a cup of coffee before applying for your dream job. Their personal experience with the job, with what’s expected of them and how they have progressed in their careers will help you make sense of which path to take in your own.

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Network offline

You will find that a lot of job vacancies aren’t actually advertised, and so building a professional network in your industry is a key component to moving towards your dream job. Attend industry events, lectures and seminars, and take training classes to get a feel for the industry and to get to know important people.

When building your professional network, it is important to communicate with effective language as you discuss your experiences. These include words such as “achieved,” “managed,” “resolved,” and “influenced” followed by specific examples, showcasing your personality and skills to prospective employers.

Learn the skills you need

Alternatively, research the skills you might need before applying for your dream job and acquire them. For example, if your dream job is to design magazines, then design a magazine. Pull together a team of people to help plan, write and produce the project for an impressive portfolio that not only shows functional ability, but exhibits initiative, project management and problem solving.

You might want to consider freelancing for companies similar to the one you’d like to work for to build experience and a reputation as someone who delivers work with quality results. This is also an effective way to build your network and to build on soft skills such as time management and organization.

Personality counts

When you finally get the call to come in for an interview, the hiring manager will (consciously or not) make mental notes about your personality. Recruiters will look for those with attributes that fit the organization. Rosy Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder said that companies look for “someone who is not only proficient in a particular function, but also has the right personality,” in a report by businessnewsdaily.com. “It’s important to highlight soft skills that can give employers an idea of how quickly you can adapt and solve problems, whether you can be relied on to follow through, and how effectively you can lead and motivate others,” she said.

The interview is the time to convey that you have leadership skills, are trustworthy and can motivate yourself and others in difficult situations. The right personality can be the difference between getting your dream job or not.

Even though you may have done everything you can to snap up your dream job, rejection happens. Ask hiring managers for some feedback regarding your application and make notes for a more successful “next time.”

Do you have any personal experiences with applying for your dream job? Let College News know!

Further reading: First Day at a New Job

Seven Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

On the seventh day of Christmas, CN gave to me, the gift of giving!

The holidays are a time of celebration, of stuffing our faces and of receiving (often expensive) Christmas gifts, but it’s also important to give back this holiday season, to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. The bleak truth that we are often guilty of overlooking, is that many people across the country live below the poverty line, many are homeless and many are lonely with no family to enjoy it with. This is why we’ve compiled a list of seven ways you can give back this holiday season.

Stock up on your karma for the year and help make others feel loved with our seventh day of Christmas gift of giving.

Spend time with the elderly

While we have seats at the table specially reserved for our grandparents, there are many lonely elderly people who have little to no family left to celebrate the holidays with. No one wants to be alone at Christmas and this rings particularly true for the elderly. Perhaps you have elderly neighbors who you know will be on their own this holiday season? Go knock on their door, take them some tasty treats and have a chat with them—this seemingly small gesture will be hugely appreciated and remembered. Alternatively, if you have a spare chair at the table on the big day, then go that step further and invite them over; be their family for the day.

Clear out wardrobes and bookshelves

Kill two birds with one stone as you give back this holiday season by having a big winter clear out and doing your charitable duty. Dig out clothes you no longer wear and books you no longer read and donate them to your local thrift or Salvation Army store. Thrift stores offer those less fortunate good quality clothes and items, such as books, for a fraction of the price they’d be sold for if new. Clothes and books are always a welcome donation, so get digging!

Give back this holiday season, feed the hungry

Give back this holiday season and volunteer just a few hours of your time to a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Being homeless is a terrible situation that thousands find themselves in all over the country and it can happen to anyone at any time. In fact, Reuters reported that over 500,000 people were homeless in the United States by the end of 2015 alone. This difficult circumstance can be made a little easier over the cold months with volunteers (like you!) who can feed and give them a sense of community and joy at this time of the year. A quick google search will give you details of your local kitchen, so sign up and feed the hungry this year.

Toys for Tots

Do you remember as a child when Christmas morning was perhaps the most exciting day of your life? You’d been waiting for this moment—the moment Santa left presents under your beautifully lit tree. You had been making wishes upon a star all year and shiny gift wrapped boxes awaited you, filled with all you had hoped for. Sadly, this is not the case for so many children in the United States. Many families are living in such poverty that parents simply cannot afford to buy gifts for their children. Toys for Tots is a great organization that collects toys, books and other gifts for less fortunate children at Christmas time. See http://www.toysfortots.org for more information on how you can give back this holiday season and donate today.

Volunteer at an animal shelter

Us humans aren’t the only creatures in need of love during the winter. Give back this holiday season by volunteering at a local animal shelter. Often, dogs and cats are abandoned, unwanted or abused and animal shelters find it difficult to find homes for a lot of them. Spending some time with these loving and faithful creatures, just walking and playing with them will not only give you some perspective, but will bring huge joy to the animals left out in the cold this Christmas.

Bake extra and gift your neighbors

Do you often bake cakes and cookies over the holiday period? There’s often more left over than we are able to eat so why not bake a little extra this year and surprise your neighbors with edible delights made especially with them in mind. This is an unexpected gift and one that is sure to put a smile on faces! A lovely treat like this without expectation of something in return will make you feel good during the festivities—we promise.

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Send Christmas cards

People rely so much on emails, text messaging and social media that we’ve almost forgotten how to communicate any other way. Give back this holiday season by letting your loved ones know that you’re thinking about them by sending Christmas cards via mail. Let them know that you are grateful for all of the love, friendship and help they’ve given you this past year.

If you have ideas on ways to give back this holiday season, let College News know!